Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of MarylandCareer and Technology Education Task Force Draft ReportMay 2009 Grant Shmelzer Katharine Oliver Co-Chair Co-Chair
Career and Technology Education Task Force Charge Create an action plan designed to expand the CTE programs that prepare students for entry into postsecondary education, apprenticeships and a career where there is current and future employer demands. Priority will be given to expanding programs that support critical infrastructure needs such as construction, health and biosciences, manufacturing, information technology, and consumer services; particularly those vital to industries related to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Career and Technology Education (CTE) Task Force Process • Comprised of representatives from business, industry, workforce and economic development as well as secondary and postsecondary education and parents. Appointed in late October, the Task Force met five times between December 2008 and April 2009. • Gathered input from national and state customers and stakeholders: • The American Youth Policy Forum, • The National Governors Association, • The Maryland State Department of Education CTE Leadership Team, • Current and former CTE students, • Secondary and Postsecondary educators and administrators, and • Business, Industry and Labor
CTE Task ForceProcess • Examined national and state-level requirements for CTE programs • Reviewed current CTE programs • Heard from customers and stakeholders regarding the delivery and outcomes for CTE in Maryland • Used a review process called SWOT to identify and analyze CTE’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
CTE Task ForceThemes: Expansion, Rigor, and Access • Expand CTE program offerings to ensure responsiveness to economic and workforce development needs and provide career opportunities for all Maryland students. • Ensure academic and technical rigor of CTE programs that prepare Maryland high school graduates for successful transition to college and careers. • Increase access to CTE programs so that all of Maryland’s students have opportunities for career preparation and are provided support for successful transition from high school to college and careers.
CTE Task ForceRecommendations Expand CTE program offerings to ensure responsiveness to economic and workforce development needs and provide career opportunities for all Maryland students. • Increase the number of Maryland CTE Programs of Study. Continue working with industry to identify appropriate new Maryland CTE Programs of Study. Complete and fully implement the 48 currently identified Maryland CTE Programs of Study so that a full complement of career preparation programs is offered in each of the 24 local school systems. Ensure alignment with the GWIB’s Industry Initiatives. • Prioritize funding to ensure CTE classrooms and equipment meet industry standards in order to successfully prepare students for industry certification and post high school technical learning. • Establish policy and funding support to increase the number of CTE teachers in critical infrastructure areas.
CTE Task ForceRecommendations Ensure academic and technical rigor of CTE programs that prepare Maryland high school graduates for successful transition to college and careers. • Require all students to graduate from high school both college and career ready. • Target professional development aligned with Maryland’s Teacher Professional Development Standards to ensure high quality instruction to CTE teachers and guidance counselors. Provide CTE administrators with professional development and leadership skills necessary to implement, monitor, and evaluate high quality CTE programs of study. • Expand statewide program articulation for Maryland CTE programs of study to include opportunities for apprenticeships as well as early college options such as transcripted credit and increase student access and use of articulated credit. • Increase the number of CTE graduates who take and pass assessments leading to industry-recognized credentials.
CTE Task ForceRecommendations Increase access to CTE programs so that all of Maryland’s students have opportunities for career preparation and are provided support for successful transition from high school to college and careers. • Establish an ongoing public awareness campaign to increase understanding of the Maryland system of CTE, including the full range of value-added opportunities provided for CTE graduates upon completion of a program of study. • Fully implement Maryland’s Career Development standards using resources available from MSDE. • Provide academic, technical and career development support services to CTE students, including those with special needs, to ensure successful completion of a CTE program and transition to college and careers. • Strengthen the alignment of data collection and reporting to federal and state systems to increase accuracy of information concerning Maryland graduates as they transition to college and the workforce.
CTE Task ForceNext Steps • Ensure complete alignment with the recommendations of the other P-20 Council Task Forces • Edit and finalize the report for widespread dissemination • Schedule opportunities for expanded public input into the recommendations (Step One of the Public Awareness Campaign) • Establish an ongoing CTE Advisory Council at MSDE to provide continuous input into the growth, rigor, and accessibility of CTE • Develop a CTE action plan with measurable outcomes and tangible results.